Man who claimed he mistook girlfriend for burglar held on $500K bail

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
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Prosecutors asked for a much lower bond for Bobby Wolfe, but a judge decided it was in the best interest of public safety to make it difficult for him to get out of jail.

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- A man who allegedly told police he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar after shooting her to death has been charged with manslaughter.

Bobby Wolfe is being held on $500,000 bail in the shooting death of 23-year-old Chrisheena Lee.

Prosecutors asked for a much lower bond of $75,000, but on Tuesday, Judge Joy Thomas decided it was in the best interest of public safety to make it much more difficult for Wolfe to get out of jail.

Wolfe's public defender revealed he does not have any prior felony convictions or a documented history of violence. She also said he is unemployed but has two children who depend on him.

Chrisheena Lee's family said that Wolfe, a former football player at the University of Arizona, and she have a 2-year-old child together. Fortunately, the child was with another relative at the time of the shooting.

"I'm hurting because my baby's in the morgue. My oldest granddaughter," Annie Lee, Chrisheena Lee's grandmother, said. "He didn't have to shoot her six times."

Annie Lee spoke to ABC13 while holding Chrisheena Lee's daughter, who will now have to grow up without her mother.

"We're going to have to tell her that her mom was a beautiful Black woman. She loved her," Annie Lee said. "I want to give a message to all the women, men, boys, and girls. Domestic violence is no game. I hear about it on TV all the time, and it hit my home."

Since Chrisheena Lee's death on Monday, her family has disputed Wolfe's account of mistaken identity. They note that police said Wolfe fired at least seven shots, six of which hit Lee.

On Tuesday, they were even more upset.

"I want the charges upgraded, the murder, life sentence, yes I do," Annie Lee said.

The shooting happened at an apartment at 4029 Burke Road near Fairmont shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

Pasadena police said Wolfe told them he heard a break-in at the door and grabbed his weapon. Investigators said there was damage to the apartment door, though it was unclear if the damage was old or new.

"We're going to collect shell casings. We're going to look at the trajectory of the bullets and compare that to his statement and try to see if everything matches up. If it truly is accidental, obviously this is a very sad situation," Sgt. Raul Granados said on Monday. "If he did believe there was a break-in and, in fact, there wasn't, he ended up shooting his loved one. It's a very difficult situation for him. If there was an intruder, obviously, we want to find maybe doorbell cameras, maybe cameras at the apartment complex, to see if we are going to have to look for a suspect out there, or what happened at the door that startled him enough to get his weapon out and start shooting."

Police said Wolfe stayed at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

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Chrisheena Lee's family, however, paints a very different picture.

"Unbelievable," her mother said.

She was too distraught to speak more about her daughter's death. However, her cousins wanted to speak up on Lee's behalf.

"She's been getting away from him. She's been telling the family he's stalking her," Chrisheena Lee's cousin, Tasha McCoy, said. "He just wouldn't leave her alone."

Family members invited ABC13 inside the apartment, where they showed us the six bullet holes in the walls of the bathroom.

Relatives said in their opinion, that Wolfe made up the story about the intruder as a coverup.

"He should be in jail," another cousin, Travis McCoy, said. "You didn't have to go to this extent, and then you lie about it, and cover it up. It just doesn't make sense."

One thing not in dispute is that Chrisheena Lee's boyfriend fired the shots. Pasadena police recovered a weapon on the scene.

Before charges were filed, Wolfe was being held on an outstanding warrant for speeding and driving without a license in May 2021.